Muscle Shoals City Schools

February 23, 2021

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Check out all the programs at the Muscle Shoals Career Academy here.

The Muscle Shoals Career Academy's faculty envisions the active participation of each student in the teaching-learning process. We believe that the 21st Century offers many opportunities and challenges for students in their quest to become productive citizens in an ever-changing world of global economics and political ideology. As caretakers of tomorrow's humanity, it is our obligation to provide an environment conducive to learning; that all children may grow in prosperity and develop a love of country thus providing a better community, state, nation and world for all mankind.

As the vision statement above indicates the faculty and administration believes that career and technical education contributes significantly to the educational development of students into productive citizens. We strive to provide all students with an instructional program that is student centered, technically innovative, and industry based. In addition, continued emphasis on best educational practices is an essential component of our ongoing school improvement process. Approximately sixty percent of our faculty holds advanced practice degrees, and we vigilantly search for the most current educational practices and optimal organizational conditions. Our school administration and faculty desires to deliver ‘cutting-edge' instruction in each career and technical arena. The instructional process is based upon the premise that all students will:

  • Acquire career and technical skills and a broad base of related knowledge in a particular occupational area or occupational cluster.
  • Develop pride in work and appreciation of good craftsmanship and service.
  • Construct good occupational work and safety habits.
  • Acquire leadership qualities through laboratory/shop and student career and technical student organizations.
  • Develop increased self-confidence in himself/herself and his/her abilities.
  • Develop interpersonal relationship skills required in the world of work.

In Memory of Betsy Speer

At this month's meeting, Dr. Holden read a resolution to be entered into the minutes honoring the life and career of CNP Director Betsy Speer who passed away suddenly on February 11.
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Board of Education Meetings and Minutes Available on Website

Go to this link anytime to view past meetings of the Muscle Shoals Board of Education or to read the minutes of each work session and meeting.
MSCS Board Meeting February 2021

MSHS Performing Arts to Receive $20,000 Grant

We are excited to announce that the Muscle Shoals High School Performing Arts program, under the direction of Mrs. Hannah Bradford, has been awarded a $20,000 grant through the Alabama Arts Initiative.

The Alabama State Department of Education offers $20,000 - $25,000 grants to public schools and community organizations in order to strengthen the development and implementation of a comprehensive arts education program in the schools. Grants may provide additional support to schools having a current plan designed to provide quality arts instruction. Schools must have the full support of staff, including teachers, administrators, specialists, and assistants, and be willing to participate in intensive arts professional development. Programs must show a concerted effort to include the participation of every student, staff member, and administrator. Community organizations must show evidence of planning in partnership with school personnel, designed to meet the needs of the school(s).

Muscle Shoals High School Achievers

MSMS Set to Receive Alabama Robotics Grant

The Muscle Shoals Middle School robotics program, under the direction of Mr. Dwight McGee, is set to receive a $1,330.00 grant to expand robotics education in the Muscle Shoals City Schools.

In an announcement, State Superintendent Eric G. Mackey says, "Your vision and enthusiasm is appreciated. I applaud your efforts to utilize robotics education as a means to engage students in their own learning."
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Congratulations, Dr. Pounders

There is a new doctor in the faMily. Dr. Wes Pounders, principal of Highland Park Elementary School, recently defended his dissertation on Teachers' sense of efficacy and National Board Certification, post-graduate degrees, teaching experience, and rurality.

Dr. Pounders' degree will be conferred by the University of West Alabama in Livingston.

Congress Eyes Major Expansion of Apprenticeship Programs

A measure moving through Congress would greatly expand apprenticeship programs for students pursuing careers in areas including computer science, green jobs, and cybersecurity.

The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a bipartisan measure that calls for more than $3.5 billion in spending on apprenticeships over five years.

It tasks the U.S. Labor and Education secretaries with striking an interagency agreement to align national apprenticeship programs with secondary and adult education.

The bill would authorize an increase in the amount of federal funding provided to states to support the administration of those programs, including businesses involved in career-focused training and the apprentices themselves, said Katie Spiker, director of government affairs for the National Skills Coalition.

To read more of this article, click here.

ADPH COVID-19 K-12 Schools Dashboard

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) launched its K-12 School Dashboard just a few weeks ago. On this site, parents can see the number of COVID-19 cases in their school district on a weekly basis. Also, you can always checkout the MSCS website for updated information related to your child's health and COVID-19.

Future Remote Days in March

Our school district employees have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine over the course of the week, Feb. 5-10. We appreciate all of the hard work and consistent effort of so many to secure the vaccine for our frontline education workers.

The challenge ahead is that all of the employees who took the vaccine will need the second dose four weeks from now. Additionally, side effects such as headache, fever, chills, body aches, and general fatigue are more common after the second dose. We have been advised by state health and education officials to prepare for the possibility of employees not feeling well on the day following the second dose.

As a result, all Muscle Shoals City Schools will transition to remote learning for three days in March – Tuesday, March 9th, Wednesday, March 10th, and Thursday, March 11th, 2021. This will allow our employees to receive the second dose and have time to recover from any side effects that may be experienced. Schools will be open for normal operations on Monday and Friday of that week. We share this plan with you now so that you have ample time to prepare.

One notable exception to this plan will be on March 9th when the 11th grade class takes the ACT at Muscle Shoals High School. This is a statewide assessment that must be given on March 9th .

Students and parents can expect communication from the school and individual teachers regarding expectations for remote learning during this period of time. Faculty and staff will be at school working and providing instruction from their classrooms as students learn from home. Parental support will be necessary to ensure that learning continues in the remote format.

Dr. Chad Holden
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